Park Revitalization Projects Announced

Parks Commissioner Rose Harvey announces the next round of revitalization projects at Bear Mountain State Park on April 21, 2015.

Parks Commissioner Rose Harvey announces the next round of park revitalization projects at a press event at Bear Mountain State Park on April 21, 2015.

In celebration of Earth Week, Governor Cuomo announced 88 new revitalization and rehabilitation projects at 60 state parks and historic sites across New York this year. The projects, totaling $71.7 million, continue the exciting revitalization and modernization of the state park system.

The 88 projects include expanding camping options at Buttermilk Falls, Evangola, Four Mile Creek, Golden Hill and Moreau Lake State Parks; modernizing the bathhouses at Allegany, Fort Niagara, and Hamlin Beach State Parks; improving athletic facilities at Gantry Plaza and Riverbank State Parks; and continuing multi-year plans to restore the historic and aesthetic grandeur of Niagara Falls and Jones Beach State Parks. See the complete list of projects announced.

Parks & Trails New York Executive Director Robin Dropkin said of the announcement, “Thanks to the strong commitment of Governor Cuomo, the sustained investment in the restoration and revitalization of New York’s 215 state parks and historic sites will enable these treasured places to more fully realize their potential as economic engines for local communities and as destinations for healthy outdoor recreation for all New Yorkers.”

The projects announced this week are part of the Governor’s NY Parks 2020 plan. The multi-year commitment plans to leverage private and public funds to invest $900 million in the state park system between 2011 and 2020. This year’s state budget committed $110 million to state park infrastructure.

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